Proclaim is Cloud connected software that equips teams in churches of every size with the integrated media tools necessary to enhance the Sunday worship experience. Proclaim is a product of Faithlife which is owned and operated by the same folks that develop Logos Bible Software. In 2012, Logos jumped into the church presentation market offering a tool they hoped would fill the gaps left open in existing software offerings. You can brush up on some of the competition HERE, but below let me point out some of the features that make Proclaim worth your consideration.
- Unlimited use on any number of computers with just one subscription.
- Mac and Windows compatible.
- Purchase comes with $1,000 worth of media in a growing database of resources.
- Conveniently connects to CCLI SongSelect, Planning Center Online, Graceway Media, and Logos Bible Software.
- Proclaim Signals allow for interactive services from people on mobile devices.
- Control presentations from a mobile device or tablet with the Proclaim Remote.
In addition to the many useful features listed above, there are a few unique features worth mentioning.
As a church planter, I know first-hand that getting the right tools and the people trained is a challenge. In most cases, to create a podcast or get the sermon audio on your website typically means purchasing a series of separate programs for recording and editing along with additional hardware.
In this recent video
, I outline some of the best audio/video recording hardware and software options for creating a studio for under $500.
And once you get all your tools together, you still have to hope your sound team remembers to start the recording on time. And once everything is recorded, it still takes a few hours for a volunteer to edit and upload the sermon. Proclaim aims to solve this set of problems by integrating recording into their software using “Sermon Audio Cues.” What this means is that the computer tech. tells the software when to start recording and as soon as the corresponding slide is displayed, the software begins to do the work. You can set up multiple start and stop cues with relative ease.
Once the sermon is over, you can add all the details right inside Proclaim, trim the audio and publish directly to the Faithlife server which synchronizes all of your sermon slides for viewing. You can even export the audio for your iTunes podcast. All-in-all, Proclaim is a relatively simple solution for a church that does not have a large technical volunteer or support staff.
The only caution I offer is that when you put all your technology eggs in one basket, one glitch means everything is impacted. So if Proclaim crashes and your slides go down, it also means your sermon recording goes down as well. So depending on your situation, you may want to set up a redundant recording system.
Proclaim can be purchased through a monthly plan that is scaled based on the size of your church’s congregation. This is a great benefit to church plants and smaller churches who may not have the upfront money to pay for everything upfront.
- 1-99 = $19.95/month or $199.95/yr
- 100-199 = $24.95/month or $224.95/yr
- 200-499 = $29.95/month or $249.95/yr
- 500-999 = $34.95/month or $274.95/yr
- 1000-1499 = $39.95/month or $299.95/yr
- 1500-2499 = $44.95/month or $324.95/yr
- 2500+ = $49.95/month or $349.95/yr
I wont classify this as a negative, but just a cation to any church meeting in a place without internet or WiFi connectivity. One of the convenient features of Proclaim is outlined on their website as follows,
“Your team can arrange song lyrics, announcement slides, and sermon notes from anywhere. One On Air license allows you to install Proclaim on as many computers as you want (Mac or PC).”
The Cloud connected solution is a fabulous solution to a common problem for keeping multiple volunteers coordinated, but the live broadcast of the services means that Proclaim works best in a building that has a strong and reliable WiFi network.
While an internet connection is needed to sync presentations between computers, once synced, presentations are stored locally and will not be disrupted if the internet goes out mid-service. That being said, for a church plant like mine, which meets in a building that does not have any Wifi, some features such as remote control, are not available. If you are in this situation, you definitely want to try it out first to ensure you can live with these inherent limitations.
Overall, I give Proclaim 4 out of 5 stars. Try Proclaim using their 30-day free trial and judge for yourself if ti is the right solution for your church.